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The Problem with Most Cleanses

by | Mar 15, 2021 | Nutrition

Have you ever completed a cleanse that made you feel amazing, but after finishing it, you thought: I don’t want to do that again? I can relate. I recently participated in a 4-day cleanse virtual event co-led by Tony Robbins and Anthony William, popularly known as the celery juice guy or medical medium. My friend (cleansing partner-in-crime) and I headed north to the family’s lake house with her minivan jammed full. We stuffed in a rebounder, yoga mats, juicer, blender, spiralizer, steamer, loads of produce from Costco and Whole Foods, plus a few odds and ends from Amazon like Epsom salt and dry skin body brushes.

I’m grateful for the experience as it brought to a head my caffeine dependency and reminded me of the problem with most cleanses. 

If you’d like cleansing disciplined into your lifestyle without all the hassle of escaping to a lakehouse for days, keep reading! I’m excited to share how to cleanse the easy way through nutritionally supported intermittent fasting. 

If you’d like cleansing disciplined into your lifestyle without all the hassle of escaping to a lakehouse for days, keep reading! I’m excited to share how to cleanse the easy way through nutritionally supported intermittent fasting. 

ATTAINABLE & SUSTAINABLE

The problem with most cleanses is they’re attainable but not sustainable. Yes, I can set aside four days. Yes, I can head off into isolation, so I’m not around my regular eating friends and family. Yes, I can squeeze a lemon into my morning water, juice celery, blend fruit into a smoothie, and raw veggies into a soup. I can even spiralize cucumbers and squash for side dishes. But is a four-day cleanse sustainable for my lifestyle? Can I consistently commit to cleansing this way every month? Every quarter? Or just once a year? Everybody’s answer differs. For me, I’m committed to doing this type of cleansing twice a year, in January and July. For the other 357 days of the year, I rely on nutritionally supported intermittent fasting to cleanse my body.

3 HEALTH BENEFITS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING

Four or five-day cleanses gave me great short-term results – energy, digestive ease, restful sleep – but I didn’t repeat them frequently enough to sustain the health benefits of fasting. If you’re not familiar with the term intermittent fasting, it’s simply an eating model where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. Fasting has been used therapeutically since Hippocrates in the 5th-century BCE. Three scientifically supported health benefits of this model of eating include:

 1. Fat Burning

Because your body uses up its stored energy, it turns to burn fat for energy instead.

 2. Detoxification
As you burn fat, the fat cells release stored toxins – allowing your liver, kidneys, and other vital organs to finish up the detoxification process.

3. Cellular Renewal
Fasting kick-starts a process of cleaning up cellular debris and damaged cells to make way for newer, healthier cells. New cells support long-term healthy living. “Chronic disease only occurs when we lose our ability to make new healthy cells.” – Jerry Tennant, MD.

TWO WAYS TO PRACTICE INTERMITTENT FASTING

The only way to reap the benefits of intermittent fasting is to practice intermittent fasting. Yes, it takes discipline, but you’ve got choices: tip-toe or jump in with both feet. The two most common ways to practice intermittent fasting are Time-Restricted Feeding and Whole-Day Fasting.

With Time-Restricted Feeding, you eat eight hours a day and fast for the remaining 16 hours. For example, you’d break your fast with breakfast around 11 AM and finishing dinner around 7 PM. For most people, that’s no big deal. 

With Whole-Day Fasting, instead of breaking your fast with breakfast, you significantly reduce your caloric intake for one or two days back-to-back – up to four days a month. If you haven’t caught on, this is the jump-in with both feet approach.

So there you have it! The problem with most cleanses is they’re attainable but not sustainable, whereas intermittent fasting is both attainable and sustainable. 

If you’d like cleansing disciplined into your lifestyle without the hassle, start with time-restricted eating. You can start tomorrow (hint, hint!) 

If you’re interested in whole-day fasting, join my FREE Detox 7-Day Reset. You’ll not only learn the proven-strategy I follow with the exact products I use, but I’ll also share how I’ve beat routine cleansing into my lifestyle even when I’d rather go eat a bowl of ice-cream.

About the Author: Dr. Sue

Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue), is a board-certified pediatric physician and wellness expert with two decades of experience helping thousands of families achieve vibrant health. In her pediatric practice, Dr. Sue helps children adapt their diet and lifestyle to optimize their genetics for health naturally. Online Dr. Sue helps other women learn how to eat for their genetics and use a nutritional system to feel confident with energy to live their best life. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, Dave, and their three children, Kaitlin, Elle, and Addison.

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